US Alaska. Tongass forest in danger, tribes raise alert

23:30  06 august  2020
23:30  06 august  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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La forêt nationale de Tongass. © Henry Hartley, CC BY SA 3.0 Tongass National Forest.

Nine tribes have signed a petition against logging, which the Trump administration is considering in southern Alaska.

They seem to downplay our way of life. Joel Jackson, president of the organization of the village of Kake, which is home to part of the Tlingit population in Alaska , signed, in mid-June, alongside eight other tribes, a petition against logging in Tongass Forest. This possibility, recently raised by the United States Department of Agriculture, will be decided at the end of the summer.

The Tongass Primary Forest , southwest Alaska, covers more than 6.9 million hectares. It is the largest reserve of tall trees in the United States, and is home to bears, whales, and golden eagles, among others. So far, nearly 16.7 million hectares of US forests are protected by the Roadless Rule, which prohibits road construction and logging.

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The forest "is our grocery store"

The opening of this coastal forest to exploitation would seriously threaten the environment, but also the life of indigenous peoples, such as the Tlingit, the Haida and the Tsimshian. For food, these tribes rely heavily on gathering mushrooms or berries, hunting and fishing, mainly salmon. This forest is our grocery store , explains Joel Jackson.

In 2018, these tribes were already opposed to several roadless rule waivers in Alaska. The American authorities then promised to negotiate with the local populations. So far, the tribal leaders have been ousted from the talks, the administration claiming too short a deadline.

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